Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 213–220 | Cite as

Concurrent and Across-Time Relations between Mother/Father Hostility and Children’s Aggression: A Longitudinal Study

  • M. A. Carrasco
  • F. P. Holgado
  • M. A. Rodríguez
  • M. V. del Barrio
Original Article


This study examined the concurrent and across-time relations between father/mother hostility and child aggression in a sample of 523 (58.7% girls) primary and secondary school children. Data were collected over a period of 3 years, in which the children’s mean age was 11.1, 12.17, and 13.19 years old, respectively. Correlational analyses and cross-sectional and longitudinal structural equation models showed significant relations between parental hostility (both father and mother) and child aggression. These relations, which mainly concerned mothers, predicted future child aggression 1 and 2 years later. Child aggression and parental hostility also elicited each other, thus providing evidence for family socialization as an interactive process.


Mother hostility Father hostility Aggression Children Adolescents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Carrasco
    • 1
  • F. P. Holgado
    • 2
  • M. A. Rodríguez
    • 1
  • M. V. del Barrio
    • 1
  1. 1.Dpto. Personalidad Evaluación y Tratamientos Psicológicos, Facultad de PsicologíaUNEDMadridSpain
  2. 2.Dpto. Metodología de las CC. del Comportamiento, Facultad de PsicologíaUNEDMadridSpain

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